Politics

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Democratic Party says it's incorporating opposition to police brutality into its platform this year.

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Maine's Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says those three sectors have been underserved by the federal pandemic relief programs.

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Around the country, governors, mayors and CEOs are responding to the death of George Floyd and the massive outcry from Black Lives Matter by joining protesters, reviewing police policies and pledging to make change. 

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is urging the Trump Administration to support another round of forgivable Paycheck Protection Programs (PPP) loans for small businesses hit hard by the pandemic.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon skipped a televised primary debate Monday night, and Republican U.S. House candidate Eric Brakey says he will also pass on a broadcast debate Wednesday. Some political science scholars say that’s a risk for campaigns, as voters want to see candidates debate the issues.

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In a change of agenda Tuesday, a Portland City Council committee reviewed practices and policies of the city's Police Department, such as hiring, use-of-force training and how public complaints are handled.

A ballot committee comprised of business and non-profit groups is asking Maine voters to approve a $15 million bond to expand high-speed internet across the state.

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Gov. Janet Mills on Monday unveiled an alternative to her 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state visitors. The change comes as the state also announced that it will soon quadruple its testing capacity for the novel coronavirus.

Protesters At The Maine State House Demand End To Police Violence

Jun 8, 2020
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AUGUSTA, Maine — In the shadows of the Maine State House well more than 1,000 protesters peacefully gathered and marched, demanding an end to systemic racism and police violence in the United States.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine district attorney says she will prosecute a former police officer who shot and killed a teenager if the state doesn't.

A coalition of Maine advocacy groups is welcoming an executive order by Gov. Janet Mills that gives Mainers more time to request absentee ballots and submit voter registration applications by mail or third person in advance of the primary and state referendum election on July 14.

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President Donald Trump on Friday returned to Maine for a visit designed to reaffirm his appeal with rural voters and to reframe his heavily criticized response to a coronavirus pandemic that threatens his bid for a second term.

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Former Republican U.S. Sen. and Secretary of Defense William Cohen of Maine denounced President Donald Trump’s use of the military in Washington, D.C., earlier this week to clear the way for a photo-op, and said current Republican senators are derelict in their duty for not criticizing his leadership.

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A federal  judge has denied a request from a Blue Hill activist to stop the police from closing roads around the town of Guilford, in advance of President Donald Trump's visit there today.

On a narrow vote of 6-5, the Legislature’s Labor Committee rejected a Republican-sponsored motion calling for Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman to resign. Members of both parties were critical of Fortman and the Mills administration for failing to appear before them to discuss problems with the unemployment program.

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